# BSD Today: LyX - The Document Processor

Mar 25, 2001, 15:39 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ralph Krause)

"While word processors have made writing easier, they seem to have saddled the writer with the added burden of being a typesetter. Instead of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), LyX is WYSIWYM (What You See Is What You Mean)...."

"LyX also has the ability to generate complex mathematical formulas with ease and display them on the screen as they will appear in print."

"LyX is a graphical front-end to the TeX program and the LaTeX2e macros for it. LaTeX is a document preparation system designed by Leslie Lamport in 1985. It, in turn, was built up from a typesetting language called TeX, created by Donald Knuth in 1984. TeX takes a sequence of typesetting commands and generates a device independent format (dvi) file from them. This dvi file can be converted to a format such as PostScript and be printed. The LaTeX macros provide for the production of complex documents with no knowledge of typesetting. These programs are very mature, stable, and reliable, compared to some word processors in use today."

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